Cotonou is the economic capital of Benin, as well as its largest city. In addition to being Benin's largest city, it houses many of its government and diplomatic services, and thus it is Benin's de facto capital, even though the official capital is Porto-Novo. The city is best known as a major port, thanks to the Autonomous Port of Cotonou, it is also home to an airport and a railway to Parakou. Features of Cotonou include Cotonou Friendship Stadium, Cotonou Cathedral, Cotonou Central Mosque and the 20-hectare Dantokpa Market, which includes a fetish market and has a commercial throughput of over a million CFA Francs every day. The National University of Benin is located in Cotonou. Another familiar feature of the city are the motorcycle-taxis known as Zemidjans.
Currency in Benin: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc